Nuno Espirito Santo praised to impact the Molineux crowd had on his team’s performance after Wolves made it to the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1998.
Second-half Goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota also secured victory over Manchester United and set up a first trip to Wembley in a cup competition for the club since the 1988 Sherpa Van Trophy final.
The Wolves head coach admitted the result meant a lot to him as it was achieved as a collective – one pack together at Molineux.
On taking Wolves to Wembley
“The FA Cup is the oldest competition there is and we’ve played well and achieved it with the amazing support of our fans, pushing us, believing, and the noise was fantastic.
“What pleases me more is as I walk down the stands, there are people who say they saw Wolves in the 50s and the 60s and they are still coming to the stadium. To give them back this joy and seeing our fans going out of the stadium with smiles – and a lot of beer, of course – it feels good.
“The fans did their part. The noise was amazing, the atmosphere was fantastic, we did it together.
“When you achieve something, I can say that we did it together and we did it together. We did it with Liverpool, Shrewsbury; it was tough.
“We did it, but we have to go and prepare for the next one.”
On victory over United
“In the first-half, I felt we defended very well. We were very organised and very compact, we allowed possessions of the ball, but we recovered well in the right areas, and the shape worked very well.
“We knew we had a chance, we had a clear chance with Diogo in the second half, and I think we managed the ball better. We had possessions and created problems with them with our movement and our talent.
“It was important to stay in the game, stay organised consistently through the 90 minutes and that is what pleases me most.
“It was a very good performance, with the exception of the goal we conceded, but in that moment, we are trying to look forwards. It was almost done, but it was not finished, and one loss of focus can create focus.”
On Lindelof’s overturned sending off
“I’m not surprised because I didn’t see the images, which is good, so I don’t have to talk about that. But if VAR saw it and the decision was made based on what they saw then well done.
“We’re going to speak a lot about VAR in the future. What I want is to be clear to everybody, so we don’t have to spend much time talking about and figuring out VAR. The game is more important.”
On international break
“Now is the moment. We have to prepare but the break allows the time. The under-23s will join us, and it will be a lot of work.
“What worries me more is that we have players coming back on the 27th, because it’s tough, but when you have good players they go to their national teams.”
On Jota’s Portugal call up
“It’s well deserved, he’s done really good and to go to your national team is a reward, because representing your country is the strongest thing there is.
“All the players that go – we’ve got 10 players of our squad who are going now – so our wishes are they enjoy themselves, play, play well and come back healthy.”
On Jimenez's opening goal
“He’s doing very good work, but what allowed that was the movement, the line of the ball, and then talent. Well done.”